Ken Likeley – Shapeless Mistake

Instead of receiving his rare rock from an online lapidary store, a series of unfortunate oversights switches Ken’s order for an unusual 72-year-old frozen alien sample. When the thing disappears from Ken’s kitchen counter, he...

Science Fiction
Published: April 17, 2020, 1:43 p.m.

The Artificial

One of the human computers in a data processing triad, concerned over errors in their predictions, suspects their newest member is a plant working for the artificial intelligence which has taken over the globe. As...

Science Fiction
Published: April 3, 2020, 9:23 a.m.

Diary an Unintentional Extraordinary Life: Two Economy Class

To boost his fledgling career, and watch his mon receive a lifetime service award, Doctor Slow-mo, a neophyte superhero, attempts to go to his first professional superhero conference. While other members of his family use...

Science Fiction
Published: March 16, 2020, 9:23 p.m.

Redux – Forty-five Minutes

Ada awakens on a deserted space station as its solar cells begin to catch the sun and bring power, heat and light back to its cold interior. Although she knows her name, Ada can not...

Science Fiction
Published: March 2, 2020, 11:06 p.m.

Diary an Unintentional Extraordinary Life: One Origin

Recently graduated and licensed, Doctor Slow-mo, the youngest member of a family with a long history of incredible powers, explains life for the modern superhero in the gig economy, which has challenges the older generations...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 17, 2020, 11:03 a.m.

Generation 201

Ellie, a student, rents the only room she can afford near her university. But the place turns out to have a colony of flies and a slightly pungent smell. She finds the flies’ behaviour odd...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 3, 2020, 3:14 p.m.

Ken Likeley – KenXIT

In what might or might not be an experiment in social engineering conducted by Leaf’s dog Planet, the local community association decides to replace all the grass in Broadwalk Estates’ public spaces with drought-resistant plants....

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 18, 2020, 11:15 a.m.

Fission City (Part 2)

Dmytro, an 89-year-old ex-miner who refused to move away from an abandoned Uranium mine, knows he must reveal his secret to Naomie and Michael, the two journalists who have come up north to interview him....

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 2, 2020, 1 a.m.

Fission City (Part 1)

Dmytro, an 89-year-old ex-miner who refused to leave an abandoned Uranium mine site, tells his story to a young journalist hoping to launch her career. However, the reason Dmytro has lived alone for over forty...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 16, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Redux – Laika

On November 3rd, nineteen fifty-seven, the Soviet Union launched the first living creature into orbit; a stray dog named Laika pulled out of a Moscow animal shelter. The Sputnik II had no re-entry capacity, so...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 1, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Ken Likelely – Scammed

Ken meets a new friend online who asks to stay at his house. However, when the friend arrives, they are very different than their online persona, and the ramifications turn out to be global. In...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 16, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

Dissonant Frequency

An inventor rediscovers the work of a 20th-century composer exploring the effects of hypersonic sound on the human body and creates a device that can cure cancer. However, to keep control of the process, he...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 3, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

The Gig

A person on a government support program is given no choice but to join a new self-employment initiative, which will make them part of the growing gig economy. The job involves having a mess hub...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 19, 2019, 10:04 a.m.

Ken Likeley – Deepfake

Ken finds himself in a fake reality, where everything is a bit off. After he discovers his fridge is full of organic vegetables, he assumes Leaf is behind the strangeness. But when Ken goes to...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 3, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

The Front (Part II)

As two seniors forced into retirement after an economic crash flee north in front of a storm so massive, it almost covers the entire width of the great central plains; they discover that one of...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 18, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Ken Likeley – A CRISPR Lawn

Fed up with fighting off the natural flora invading his lawn from Leaf’s yard, Ken goes online to find a solution and stumbles upon a mysterious website selling home CRISPR DNA editing labs targeted to...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 3, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

The Front (Pt. 1)

As two seniors forced into retirement after an economic crash flee north in front of a storm so massive, it almost covers the entire width of the great central plains; they discover that one of...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Gacha

Ken accidentally becomes the target of a proof of concept to maximize profit in the universe through in life purchases and loot boxes. He thinks he is just playing a game until Leaf and Planet point...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 3, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Servitor

A company offering supposedly intelligent domestic servitor robots has been hiding how frequently humans are required to telepresence into their machines to take over. Lubanzi, a young indentured labourer working in one of their telepresence...

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2019, 8:50 a.m.

Ken Likeley – Mistaken Identity (Pt. 2)

After being mistaken for the wrong person, Ken finds himself at a rather unusual VIP event. Thinking it is an elaborate costume party is he is initially excited and flattered to be there, but on...

Science Fiction
Published: July 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

The Investor

Nuray Ceren sold shares in her future income to finance her education. It seemed like a great way to pursue a career that was otherwise out of reach except for two unfortunate events. First, an...

Science Fiction
Published: June 16, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Mistaken Identity (Pt. 1)

When Ken checks in at a conference, an automated registration machine decides Ken has entered his last name wrong, corrects the spelling and assigns him another person’s profile. With the incorrect conference id on his...

Science Fiction
Published: June 2, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

The Chimera

After suffering a heart attack, Marcos learns he will need a transplant. Fortunately, his parents foresaw the day their son would need a new heart and had one grown for him. However, the replacement organ...

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Ken Likeley – End of the World

While taking the mail to the recycle bin Ken discovers three cats, who are historical deities, have invited themselves into his living room. The cats are intent on dividing the world into three pieces, destroying...

Science Fiction
Published: May 2, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Free Energy

While tracking down a scam artist who disappeared with 200 million dollars, a freelance insurance investigator stumbles across an online video by the leader of a group called the Free Energy Coalition. She suspects the...

Science Fiction
Published: April 18, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Redux – Doctor Plastic

Woken by his barking dog in the middle of the night Frank can’t get back to sleep. Noticing a drawing which has hung in his dining room for decades, he reminisces about the last conversation...

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2019, 1 a.m.

An I for an I

A self-taught programmer who supports her daughter and herself by hacking robotic medical equipment for clients on the dark net discovers a recent job was the reason her daughter’s friend was arrested. Disgusted by her...

Science Fiction
Published: March 16, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Ken Likeley – The Tipping Point

Frustrated by a bad experience with an automated self-checkout in the grocery store, Ken ignores messages he receives from a future version of himself to modify his behaviour when interacting with the store’s artificial intelligence...

Science Fiction
Published: March 1, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Gratuities Not Included

Camila, a wannabe actor desperate to pursue a career on the stage, indentures herself to a theatre company which entertains tourists in low earth orbit. She plays a modern version of the famous 18th-century pirate...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 16, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Pocket Universe

Leaf and Planet discover they are in a pocket universe which has been created by the anxiety Ken has rubbed into his favourite rock over decades of use. The only way to escape is to...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 2, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Redux – Blackout

While on vacation on a holiday moon Cala takes a late-night walk and ends up being taken by aliens to a bizarre place, where she is forced to play a very important game of chance....

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 16, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Ken Likeley – Open to Interpretation

While investigating a complaint about an oversized house, which mysteriously appeared in his neighbourhood, Ken meets the eccentric and angry owner who rather than conforming to city building codes tries to bribe Ken by granting...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 2, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Zoe’s Constellation

After a catastrophic accident obscures the stars in the night sky, Zoe Gagnon’s attempt to reignite the world’s imagination by launching a globe-spanning artwork into orbit runs afoul of a billionaire’s ambition to start a...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 16, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Ken Likeley – The Oumuamua Factor

While on a tour of Space Park in California, Ken Likeley is given a rather odd souvenir by an annoying member of his tour group. Ken thinks nothing of it until an extraterrestrial turns up...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 1, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Depatterned

Ivan Petrenko’s entire life has revolved around his quest to seek official recognition of his family’s apparent abduction by extraterrestrials while on a camping trip in Ontario in the late 1950’s. Responding to an online...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 17, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Ken Likeley – The Whole Caboodle Mart

Ken Likeley, is having breakfast when he bites down on something hard. The object breaks a crown and Ken‘s day goes sideways when he tries to return the cereal he was eating to the Whole...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 1, 2018, 12:02 a.m.

The Challenge

Born in the commons where 95 percent of the world’s population lives, Ezra is a daredevil who has achieved something unusual, fame. He is an anomaly, in an age where ambition was supposed to have...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 16, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Redux – The Boy Who Loved Candy

This fairy-tale was the first episode of the Somewhere Sometime series from February 4, 2010. Under the influence of an alien obsessed with sweets, Mario is encouraged to eat candy until he has grown to...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 1, 2018, 12:02 a.m.

Led Astray

Three astronauts, part of an international mission to land on the moon, are pushed off course by what they initially suspect is a mechanical or electrical problem. But after being forced to land at an...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 19, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 20 – Altered Reality

The Aleutian finally arrive in force to stop the entity aligned against Janva and Serene. Finding a debris field where Terra should have been, and the thoughts of only one of their own, they are...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 2, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

One Day

A down on their luck AI trainer struggles to make ends meet. One day, at the height of a medical crisis brought on by stresses imposed through the circumstances she finds herself in, help comes...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 19 – Status Report

In a desperate attempt to save Ceres Johnson admits to Janva that he is the transmuted Triffel leader Amos and proposes an alliance. Janva realizes the situation is beyond her abilities to change and sends...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 1, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

The Last Enclave

Lee and Garry, online nemesis, reluctantly agree to take a trip to the edge of their world to prove who is right. Is there something beyond the boundary or not? They are accompanied by a...

Science Fiction
Published: July 15, 2018, 7:32 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 18: Maya

Maya finds herself imprisoned on an experimental spacecraft with Tim and Simone (aka Serene), heading to the asteroid belt. Simone reveals her true identity and the fact the craft they have been marooned on by...

Science Fiction
Published: July 1, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

The Heart of the Matter

A psychologist tries to convince a sentient program to shut itself down before it is attacked by a rogue computer virus. But the program doesn’t trust the motivations of its creators and resorts to subterfuge...

Science Fiction
Published: June 18, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 17: Meret

Meret’s secret plan to sabotage Galan is discovered by the alien presence which has taken over the self-appointed Triffal leader. To pay for his betrayal Meret is imprisoned in a bubble outside of space-time. Helpless...

Science Fiction
Published: May 31, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

Artifact Error: Ken Likeley

Ken Likeley, a city clerk who toils day in and day out to ensure that everything in his life and world is logical and predictable, finds a small white card on his office floor. After...

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 16 – Opposition

Rayenish decides it’s time to take a chance after Amos, AKA Daniel Johnson, asks him to remove DZ’s head scientist. After reading Merit’s message about the situation on Ceres, Amos knows he must speed up...

Science Fiction
Published: April 30, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

The Ouroboros EULA

After a tumor damaged Reina’s spinal cord, she is unable to walk or stand until she volunteers for an experimental treatment using newly developed implants. The procedure, which she could otherwise never afford, is successful,...

Science Fiction
Published: April 18, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 15 – Fantasma

After failing to trap the two Aleutians, the entity that has been interfering since Janva’s arrival on Ceres, decides to take control of events on the tiny dwarf world by inhabiting Galan. Merit, Galan’s executive...

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2018, 12:15 a.m.

The Lost Cosmonaut

After almost 60 years Leonid Petrov decides that it is finally time to tell his story. Written out of history because his mission was deemed a failure and forgotten because no one believes his explanation...

Science Fiction
Published: March 15, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 14 – Resistance

Serene finds herself fighting for her life against a dark presence which appears to harbour a deep-rooted hatred of Aleutians. After its encounter with Serene, the presence decides it must speed up its plans and...

Science Fiction
Published: March 1, 2018, 12:30 a.m.

Doppelganger

After noticing a ghostly figure in a series of photos, Trisha, a top performing career architect, attending her company retreat starts getting a series of unusual messages on her cell phone. At first, she suspects...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 17, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 13 – Intransigence

After receiving Amos’s message and listening to Galan ignore the fact that his plan will not succeed, Merit begins to build support to stop his self-appointed leader. Meanwhile, at the request of the board of...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 1, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

The Tenant’s Project

Ralph, a landlord, arrives back after an extended vacation to find his rental property in a mess and his tenant, a bitcoin miner, unconscious. While recovering in a hospital, his tenant begins to weave an...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 15, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 12 – Message Received

Research at Dehavilland Zeppelin (DZ) progresses far enough for Amos, AKA Daniel Johnson, send a message to Ceres. At first, the dwarf planet remains silent, and Amos is concerned that no one is listening. Serene,...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 1, 2018, 1 a.m.

Return to Shorty Crater

Choi Min-Seo, a successful billionaire, obsessed with what he thinks he sees in a 1972 photo, taken on the last Nasa moon mission, creates his own space program to prove his theory. He manages to...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 15, 2017, 1 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 11 – Nexus

Janva has her host Zara Patel agree to fund DZ’s space project, but Daniel Johnson aka Amos is suspicious. Sarane’s host and Tim manage to slip by head office security to meet their project director...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 1, 2017, 12:15 a.m.

The Immortal

Near the end of his days, the great Alchemist Nicolas Flamel has one last chance to create the Elixir of Life. He diligently follows the steps in an ancient treatise he has recently acquired, which...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 15, 2017, 1 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 10 – Coup D’etat

Galan takes advantage of Amos’ apparent failure to change the third planet’s history and takes control of the exiled Triffel. He orders the radio telescope dismantled so no one on Ceres will ever be able...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 1, 2017, 12:01 a.m.

Trick or Treat

Itsumi Goto has been working for 20 years cleaning up after extraterrestrial experiments. When one goes wrong on Halloween, causing hours of unwanted overtime, she starts to consider her options. But the only way to...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 16, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 9 – Calculation Error

Tim reveals to Sarine that he has found a potential problem with the mission design for DZ Aerospace’s first deep space asteroid mining craft. Sarene has the feeling she may have met Tim in an...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 30, 2017, 12:15 a.m.

The Extraterrestrial Roadshow

In this month’s story Sabina and Jason decide to take an object given to Sabina by her uncle to the Extraterrestrial Roadshow to find out if it is a real alien artifact. The results are...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 17, 2017, 11:47 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 8 – Alternate History

While preparing for an important meeting with the head of another global company, Amos reflects on his failure to reshape world history to allow him to complete his mission. He begins to suspect the CEO...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 1, 2017, 12:30 a.m.

Mybo

In this month’s story, after being shut down for years, Mybo through an act of nature, is reactivated. The bot finds itself in a new and foreign body. With large gaps in its damaged memory,...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 14, 2017, 12:03 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 7 – Cloud Management

Immediately after the transmutation, using hacked technology from the third planet the Triffle are discouraged, nothing has changed except that Galan is taking over. Coming out of retirement because of an oddly familiar disturbance Serene...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 1, 2017, 12:30 a.m.

The Rift (Part 2)

In this month’s story, Tanvi, an agent from a group called the consensus, arrives at her destination, only to discover that their opposition is already there. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the...

Science Fiction
Published: July 16, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 6 – Escape at Last

Janva uses the technology in the captured alien satellite to create an opportunity to escape. However, she underestimates Amos, and her plans go awry. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and...

Science Fiction
Published: July 1, 2017, 5:20 a.m.

The Rift (Part 1)

In this month’s story, Tanvi, an agent from a group called the consensus, arrives at her destination, only to discover that their opposition is already there. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the...

Science Fiction
Published: June 17, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 5 – Moves and Counter Moves

After capturing the alien probe, Galan comes up with a daring plan to exploit its technology and free the Triffel from Ceres.  However, Amos is not convinced that his COO is operating entirely on his...

Science Fiction
Published: June 1, 2017, 1:02 a.m.

The Pattern Master

The Noah and Riley partners in a small struggling data engineering company, get an unexpected chance to turn their fortunes around. However, Noah is suspicious of their client’s ultimate intentions and prefers to spend time...

Science Fiction
Published: May 18, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 4 – Gift From Beyond

A suspicious probe from the third planet arrives at Ceres. Believing that they have been discovered and the primitive spacecraft is there to spy on the Triffle, Amos gives orders for it to be captured....

Science Fiction
Published: May 1, 2017, 1 a.m.

No User Serviceable Parts

In this month’s story, the owner of an artificial heart discovers that repairing the machine that has been keeping him alive will cost more than he originally paid for it, so much more, that he...

Science Fiction
Published: April 15, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

Ceres: Chapter 3, Taking Control

After the botched transmutation, Janva struggles with her host Galan, to gain control. It becomes a no-win situation causing Janva to change tactics. Amos, unsure of who he is dealing with resorts to an extreme...

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

Zoya and Shaan

Zoya was placed in hibernation for the 560 light-year trip to the Earth-like planet Kepler-186f. However, after only one hundred and eighty days into the journey, she finds herself accidently revived to a sleeping ship....

Science Fiction
Published: March 16, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

Ceres: Chapter 2, The Aleutian

Janva, an Aleutian agent, is sent to Ceres on an emergency mission to the obscure dwarf world Ceres after Sarene, the Aleutian Council’s senior operative, refuses to come out of retirement. What appears to be...

Science Fiction
Published: March 1, 2017, noon

The Trolley Problem

Emergent Intelligence Corporation has used the doctrine of utilitarianism to provide moral guidance for its sentient, autonomous autopilots. In short, the machines must always do what causes the least harm. But an accident occurs in...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 16, 2017, 6:08 a.m.

Ceres: Chapter 1, Beginnings

An agent arrives on the tiny remote world of Ceres, to monitor the exiles who live there. However, an unknown force tries to intervene revealing the unwanted presence of the intruder. Written by Alan V...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 2, 2017, 4:22 a.m.

Impetus

Dr. Nayna Chike, the creator of the world’s only functioning reactionless drive, is on her way to the moon to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of her invention. Over the years others have tried and failed...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 10, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Tech Support

In this month’s story, Aiden, an overwhelmed office worker, decides he needs help to take care of the routine things in his life. He discovers a new home automation hub, designed by a small obscure...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 15, 2016, 9:52 p.m.

CHAT

In this month’s story, a new consciousness emerges in a mechanical body. Not understanding where it came from or what it is, the entity begins to reach out in an attempt to decipher its new...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 14, 2016, 2:55 p.m.

Data Bleed

While walking in a crosswalk, Ned is accidently struck by a bus. When he wakes up, he finds that he sees odd things along the periphery of his vision. At first, he dismisses the effect...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 11, 2016, 7:56 p.m.

Shooting Star

After losing her job to an artificial intelligence, Janet impulsively decides to drive to an observatory where she can watch the Perseid meteor shower. However, just before she arrives, Janet stops to take a break...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 17, 2016, 2:50 p.m.

Darkness to Dawn

Jerry Anders a veteran overnight talk radio host chooses to stay on air during an extreme weather event to discuss recent changes to the climate with his guests and listeners. Part way through the night...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 13, 2016, 9:13 a.m.

Humans Next Door

Down on their luck, a family of alien real estate agents becomes concerned when humans move in next door to their beach front condo.  After several unpleasant interactions with the humans, the aliens hatch a...

Science Fiction
Published: July 16, 2016, 12:33 p.m.

The Persona

Shani, a web developer who wants to learn how to write fiction, is befriended by Catalina, a promising author. Mutually interested in magic realism they decide to help each other out. Shani soon discovers that...

Science Fiction
Published: June 18, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

The House Guest

One day Ryan arrives home to find Megan complaining about a very unusual house guest that he has inadvertently invited into their lives. When the guest appears to be settling in for a very long...

Science Fiction
Published: May 14, 2016, 8:03 a.m.

Forever Paradise

Myra, a successful business woman, has her life thrown off track by some unexpected news that changes her outlook and triggers the events which end up taking her to one of the most remote islands...

Science Fiction
Published: April 16, 2016, 10:38 a.m.

The Slip Time Loop

Authorities in the minor galactic spur of Orion contract the Hyper Nova to clean up an illegal dump hidden in the orbital trash of a backwater planet. Something in the debris has been leaking...

Science Fiction
Published: March 12, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

The Magic Lantern

In this month’s story Risa and her mother have worked hard to grow their social credit score to the point where they can move on. However, a mysterious delivery, sent to by intention or...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 10, 2016, 11:06 p.m.

Lost Chance

Lan, a would be writer, about to hit the big time with his first novel, thumbs his nose at a large software company in an online post. The post goes viral and soon after...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 16, 2016, 8:42 p.m.

An Ordinary Day

Fossmar Gunnarsson, the founder of a large international technology company, creates the ultimate technological innovation, a system that copies the brain and uploads it to an artificial neuro-net. When he is suddenly diagnosed with...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 15, 2015, 9:12 p.m.

Music of the Spheres

After listening to an unusual doctoral thesis that makes outlandish claims about music and the nature of the universe an archaeologist, finds himself gradually coming to believe that the crackpot theory may have some...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2015, 4:28 p.m.

Frang’s Story

In this month’s story the third generation leader of a divided colony ship, drifting between the stars, tries to escape his duties by submerging himself in fictional stories. But at a critical moment the...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 18, 2015, 10:59 p.m.

Life Speed

Could life be measured by how far it has traveled? Possibly, after all time and space are intimately connected. Time slows down as you approach the speed of light and it’s been frequently postulated...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 16, 2015, 2:09 p.m.

The Watchers

This month we bring back two characters, Adrian and Serene, mutual mimesis, from some of our earliest stories. Adrian is drawn to Earth hoping to find the resources to finally right the ancient wrong...

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2015, 1:38 p.m.

Laugh!

Hansa one of the working poor in a large city is caught in a happiness sweep and finds herself imprisoned in an odd internment camp run by clowns. When the clown assigned to Hansa attempts...

Science Fiction
Published: June 18, 2015, 9:16 p.m.

The Thaumaturgist

In this month’s story Illusio, a veteran TV illusionist who is struggling to keep himself interested in his profession is confronted by an eager amateur magician named Dai. When Dai tries to unravel the mystery...

Science Fiction
Published: May 16, 2015, 5:50 p.m.

Messing With the Universe

Veeda, a mathematical savant who has never miscalculated anything, blanks out on a simple question in an exam. She wakes from her stupor to discover that she used the wrong value for a constant and...

Science Fiction
Published: April 12, 2015, 3:22 p.m.

Quicksilver

Coyotl, a slave in a seventh-century new world silver mine, must take on the work of two after some of his brethren escape. However, a very unusual stranger soon arrives, wanting to trade diamonds for...

Science Fiction
Published: March 14, 2015, 9:29 p.m.

The Audit: Planet Fall

In this month’s story we return to the True North a colony ship on a multi-generational voyage. Greta, a devoted auditor discovers something odd about a survey mission, but when she reports it to her...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 13, 2015, 3:08 p.m.

Teach a Senior How to Phish

To eke out a meager living, Neela, a senior in her early 80’s, must rely on her social engineering and hacking skills to phish. While she is running a phishing scam, Adam, another guest at...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 12, 2015, 10:36 p.m.

Short Wave

Lynn’s uncle, an avid ham radio operator, wills his estate to her after he dies. While sorting through her estranged uncle’s belongings, Lynn discovers a shoe box full of notes that document an unusual encounter...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 14, 2014, 2:22 p.m.

The Audit

In this month’s story Greta, a rising star in the audit division on board the colony ship, the True North, needs one more successful case to ensure her promotion. To her disappointment she is assigned...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 16, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

The Silver Thaw

On a day off, Ramone, an industrial engineer, takes a mountain bike ride to document the damage done to a remote stretch of forest by an extreme weather event. After an accident, forces him to...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 16, 2014, 7:52 p.m.

Ambient Noise

In this month’s story, Alejandro a poor fisherman, has been haunted by a constant noise all his life which he has nicknamed the hum. But everyone around him insists that it is all in his...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 13, 2014, 12:40 p.m.

An Alien Adventure

In this month’s story, Orman an untalented musician, of dubious origin, on tour in Orbit City New Mexico, meets Garth the curator of the local space museum during one of her performances. Garth had once...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 17, 2014, 2:58 p.m.

The Last Aleutian

Adrian, the last Aleutian, travels back in time to a backwater of the universe to hide from the agents of the people who have taken over his world, only discover that things are not as...

Science Fiction
Published: July 15, 2014, 7:16 p.m.

Shangri-la of the Seas

Against her family’s wishes, an aging matriarch decides to take a very expensive extended cruise on the Shangri-la of the Seas; an exclusive specially designed ship that promises to take its’ invalid passengers to the...

Science Fiction
Published: June 16, 2014, 5:53 a.m.

Finale

After ten years in a paranormal reality TV show, as the debunking half of a popular ghost hunting duo, Sage  finds herself on the flip side of her own arguments during the live broadcast of...

Science Fiction
Published: May 18, 2014, 10:18 p.m.

The Return of Doctor Plastic

An alter ego is another self, a distinct second identity that can allow a person to lead a double life. Jane a meek java developer by day is a crime fighting superhero by night, etcetera....

Science Fiction
Published: April 12, 2014, 3:57 p.m.

The Last Days of Darkness

Ajit, a fourth generation resident of the arcology GBT Ellesmere, is tasked with the job of clearing out old documents and by accident stumbles upon some disturbing information that is not found in the official...

Science Fiction
Published: March 18, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

Canis Major

Loyalty, according to Wikipedia, is  the “faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause.” In this month’s story loyalty comes in many flavours as an aging pack of genetically modified space faring...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 20, 2014, 2:24 p.m.

Tourist Trap

There are many legends associated with certain famous objects and sites around the world. Loch Ness, the Pyramids, the Nazca Lines, the plain of Jars or Stonehenge, which various groups have thought to be everything...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 16, 2014, 11:43 p.m.

A Perfect Life

Arthur C. Clark’s famous third law of prediction states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” But is understanding how something works any more important than the ultimate outcome it produces? Does it...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 15, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

Forty-five Minutes

Choices, we all have choices in our lives which are not always easy to make. We are never able to predict how they will turn out. Does our fear of the unknowable doom us to...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 17, 2013, 9:59 p.m.

Driven

A retired software quality control engineer is pressed back into service by the agency that pays his for his room and board to help recover the money that agency the spends on him. He quickly...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 15, 2013, 9:52 p.m.

The Last Big Idea

Laura Mackenzie, an energetic late nineteenth century entrepreneur, struggles to introduce a new technology that will shape the next century and realize her dreams. Caught the politics of the day she must a radical choice....

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 18, 2013, 7:49 p.m.

The Prediction

Two friends find themselves on opposite sides of a prediction that, if correct will become the opportunity to see a once in a lifetime astronomical event, and if wrong could spell disaster for the world....

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2013, 3:31 p.m.

Finder

On a world only 20 lights from earth a colony of humans have mostly learned to live with the Aliens who arrived on the planet at the same time. But over the course of generations...

Science Fiction
Published: July 17, 2013, 7:57 p.m.

Lifeline

While investigating an anomaly in the size of the information packets being sent from a commercial project on Mars, Yara an engineer, discovers a hidden signal which turns out to be something unexpected, that forces...

Science Fiction
Published: June 16, 2013, 9:05 p.m.

The Wondering City

Two recent immigrants to a new colony world find it unexpectedly difficult to make ends meet until one of them wins a trip for two to seven exotic worlds. While on the trip they meet...

Science Fiction
Published: April 14, 2013, 10:14 p.m.

Low Resolution

Finola, an unemployed librarian, lands a job with a research institute investigating unexplained phenomena. Unlike her new colleagues she is sceptical about the existence of the supernatural, UFOs, aliens, and parallel realities. Through an odd...

Science Fiction
Published: March 16, 2013, 9:37 p.m.

Special Delivery

Sal through, no fault of his own, has been reduced to house sitting for a living. He moves from house to house hiding from his past from his past until one day he receives a...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 10, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

Runaway

Alana, a gamer from the poor side of town, has worked her way into an elite online guild, which only admits players from wealthy neighbourhoods. When she is accidently discovered and her membership and livelihood...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 17, 2013, 12:18 a.m.

2012 The End of My World

While on a school field trip to a nuclear research station, in the late 1960’s, Allen is overwhelmed with a sense of déjà vu, and can’t break away from the feeling that he is trapped...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 14, 2012, 12:34 a.m.

The Volunteer

After graduating college Eveta is unexpectedly called up as a volunteer for community service. She is required to take on the personality of another person and temporarily live among the interred on a distant isolated...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 14, 2012, 11:15 p.m.

The Gap

A trip to the coast in search of work ends up at a remote struggling hotel. Built by the passion and obsession of its owner, the hotel may hold a secret worth returning for fifty...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 13, 2012, 10:15 a.m.

The Last Mod

Frillo was orphaned at an early age and grew up on the streets of the economic zone. Taken in by an older modder he quickly learned the trade and by 15 was at the pinnacle...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 14, 2012, 5:33 p.m.

Blackout

While on vacation on a holiday moon Cala takes a late night walk and ends up being taken by aliens to a bizarre place, where she is forced to play a very important game of...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 13, 2012, 7:13 p.m.

The Tribute

Sometimes the way the world is and the systems we toil under, indifferent to our day to day struggles, seem just a little unfair. And no matter how hard we try our ability to change...

Science Fiction
Published: July 13, 2012, 9:43 p.m.

The Awakening (part 2)

Through archaeological research, museums, archives and historical texts, we assume we know what has happened in the past. What if we have missed something so fundamental that it would change our understanding of the world?...

Science Fiction
Published: June 11, 2012, 10:27 p.m.

The Awakening (part 1)

Through archaeological research, museums, archives and historical texts, we assume we know what has happened in the past. What if we have missed something so fundamental that it would change our understanding of the world?...

Science Fiction
Published: May 13, 2012, 10:02 p.m.

Jet Pack

Adam receives a rather odd package in the mail and when he checks the postmark realizes that it has taken more than half a century for the thing to be delivered to, whom he believes...

Science Fiction
Published: April 14, 2012, 8 p.m.

Escape Velocity

Zebb and Estrella, two young teens from an industrial moon orbiting the second planet in the Barnard’s Star system, accidentally end up together in the same escape pod. On the surface they are from settlements...

Science Fiction
Published: March 10, 2012, 10:13 p.m.

Quantum Turbulence

During a future world oil shortage a scientist, researching an old idea about the potential energy contained in a vacuum (zero point energy), discovers a cheap simple method of extracting almost limitless power from literally...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 11, 2012, 11:25 p.m.

The In-between

Catina, the director of online marketing, for an important advertising agency comes up with a revolutionary idea, but forgets what it is before she can write her idea down. Desperate to remember it, she consults...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 12, 2012, 9:48 p.m.

Crevasse III – Revenge

Marco had been top ranked in player verses player one on one in the MMO Crevasse for over a year until a nobody with GM like powers poned him. Everett, the lead designer of Crevasse,...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 12, 2011, 12:20 a.m.

Time Shift

In 1977 Zah Helen, an undercover operative, receives a new high profile assignment to interfere with the human search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), so the efforts at one particular radio telescope will not spot a...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 11, 2011, 8:41 p.m.

The Caretaker of Destiny

An accident forces the crew of the interstellar ship Destiny to go in to hibernation while the robotic maintenance systems diagnose and fix the problems. During the emergency crucial instructions are lost causing the ship...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 10, 2011, 11:42 a.m.

The Top of the Sky

During a period of intense solar flare activity Marianne and her family take a holiday at a remove wilderness cabin. This brings them close to a place called, the top of the sky, that some...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 17, 2011, 4:06 p.m.

Hale Bopp

In an attempt to regain its reputation as a leader in space research and exploration, the ancient Institute of Solar Studies in Babylon puts all its resources into a mission to the newly discovered comet...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 11, 2011, 11:14 p.m.

A Crime in 3d

In 1884 a school master named Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote the novella “Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions.” The book explored what it would be like to live in a two dimensional universe, and speculated...

Science Fiction
Published: July 14, 2011, 8 a.m.

Ghost in the Machine

History is littered with discarded technologies and obsolete skills. In the last few decades whole industries have been swept away by ever moving waves of change, and it seems unavoidable that today’s high tech is...

Science Fiction
Published: June 13, 2011, 11:10 p.m.

The Citizen’s New Town

This month’s story is very loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen short tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. Amber is working as a stage director for the opening celebration of the project of century when...

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2011, 2 a.m.

The Last Astronomer

This month’s story is based on a comment Steven Hawkins once made, that we should probably not try to contact extraterrestrial civilizations. According to Hawkins, our own history has shown that contact between a two...

Science Fiction
Published: April 17, 2011, 8:33 p.m.

Skin Deep

After narrowly evading capture Maya and Tim arrive in New Hudson only to run into the man who had been following them in Waystation. The man claims that he is working with Maya’s parents, but...

Science Fiction
Published: March 13, 2011, 12:10 a.m.

All Inclusive

Alonzo is forced to take his ailing, wealthy mother and her robotic wheel chair to an ultra expensive all inclusive health spa. The doctors and specialists told him that the legendary algae baths, unique to...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 16, 2011, 12:32 a.m.

Dreams of a Life

Aura lives with her mother and brothers making a modest living from a concession stand. Her life in the themed dome park called Timber World is thrown into chaos when an unexpected event forces her...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 11, 2011, 12:33 a.m.

Caught!

After discovering more planted incriminating evidence against them on the café’s computer, Maya and Tim decide to flee when net regulatory agents show up. In an attempt to find Maya’s parents they take the train...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 17, 2010, 1:23 a.m.

Lifeboat

With the first Moon landings in the late 1960’s many may have felt that a Mars mission was no too far off, but since that time no human has left near Earth orbit. On the...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 16, 2010, 11:12 p.m.

The Shadows

Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems. Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2010, 10:49 a.m.

Return to Start

An astronomer, watching for near earth objects, makes a shocking discovery which forces Adrian out from hiding. Adrian realizes that events in the past have lead to a disaster in the present. He is forced...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 20, 2010, 10:33 p.m.

C-11’s Quest

An automated planetary mission goes awry when it is hit by solar flares. Unit C-11 one of the landing group’s communication nodes attempts to repair its damaged memory with information erroneously downloaded from the mission’s...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 12, 2010, 7:52 p.m.

Universe 8.1

Lambent Nape Nor works at the Infinite Macro Cosmic Reality Corporation as the assistant head of product design and customer services for Universe 8. Despite Lambent’s concerns management insists on a last minute change to...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 13, 2010, 2:12 p.m.

The Archives

Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems. Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic...

Science Fiction
Published: July 22, 2010, 11:38 p.m.

Invasion

A 500 hundred year old terraforming project is derailed by an imminent invasion. No one, except a small group of scientists, understands the true nature of the threat and its real implications for the future...

Science Fiction
Published: June 26, 2010, 1:25 p.m.

Hole in Space – Part 2

After being sucked into a wormhole, created when Luki used Len’s unfinished hyper dry modification to the ship’s clothes dryer, the crew of the Hyper Nova are stranded on a strange planet called Atma, which is being smothered in lost laundry.

Science Fiction
Published: June 5, 2010, 1:31 p.m.

Perspectives & the Mission

This month we present to two short stories. In first one called, Perspectives, a routine mission is suddenly changed by a chance encounter in depth space. This story evolved out of a one of David’s...

Science Fiction
Published: May 16, 2010, 9:41 p.m.

Surveillance

A heavy rain storm breaks Way Station’s heat wave, but along with the storm two strange customers appear at the Europa Café. They appear to know more than they should and this spooks Maya. After...

Science Fiction
Published: May 2, 2010, 2:09 p.m.

Laika – Dog From Space

A passing celestial being is trapped by earth’s gravity and dragged reluctantly to its surface in the middle of a Moscow winter. Stranded in the body of a dog the alien being is forced to...

Science Fiction
Published: April 13, 2010, 8:28 p.m.

Hole in Space

Life on board the Hyper Nova begins to settle down into a routine until a number of random events collide with one of Len’s pet projects causing the ship and its crew to get sucked into a hole in space.

Science Fiction
Published: March 29, 2010, 7:51 p.m.

The Shimmering Field

Time can seem to slow down when there is nothing to do, and this was particularly true for Abeo who had been forced to endure a summer without her friends on a lonely research station....

Science Fiction
Published: March 4, 2010, 10:13 p.m.

Europa Cafe

Maya and Tim work at the Europa Cafe in Way Station – a place out of time where things are run by steam, trains are the main means of transportation and adults don’t seem to...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 23, 2010, 12:22 a.m.

The Boy Who Loved Candy

Sometimes you can love something just a little too much. Under the influence of a mysterious dream Marco discovers that he can’t stop eating candy and begins to grow to alarming proportions. Program Notes And...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 4, 2010, 11:47 p.m.

Hyper Nova

Luki is given his first true command of a star ship and is immediately plunged into a major mission. With the help of his less than loyal crew he completes the assignment but inadvertently creates...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 23, 2010, 10:45 p.m.

Mirror Image

Sareen is mysteriously transported back in time to a version of her home world that is not entirely correct. The planet is ruled by a group that she has never hear of so Sareen sets...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 12, 2009, 11:34 p.m.

Voluntold

During what turns out to be an extremely slow side trip to the home planet of two rogue space probes, Ada receives a coded message that orders them to stop what they are doing and...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 12, 2009, 8:08 p.m.

The Endgame

When an unexpected message from deep space turns out to be a Triffal ship Amos must change his plans and as a result he finds himself with less than a day to locate his missing...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2009, 9:56 p.m.

A Turn of Events

Imprisoned in a GEAA simulation Tim, Maya and Adrian become the focal point of two competing forces. Raymore finds the artificial intelligence and starts to get it to reveal the encryption keys to Amos’ secret...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 19, 2009, 9:25 p.m.

A.I. Dreams

AI Dreams is the third installment in a series of bedtime classics adapted to the Makeshift Stories universe. In this episode, loosely based on the popular folktale of the Ginger Bread Boy, Amos creates an...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2009, 10:16 p.m.

The Four Keys Pt.3

After his odd encounter with Annie, William starts pressing Tim for the information that she gave him, but Tim is left wondering who to trust. Then unexpected events – which Tim suspects are not random...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 2, 2009, 8:12 p.m.

The Other Story – Space Junk

After being picked up by an automated rescue ship Luki, Zara and Fritz start to settle in to a routine when an unexpected crew member is discovered. An accident then sets the small group off...

Science Fiction
Published: July 14, 2009, 10:41 p.m.

The Four Keys Pt.2

After Adrian is shot by an arrow Tim uses his new found power to save him. As Adrian revives William insists that they all come with him to his ship before the main Elfin raiding...

Science Fiction
Published: June 30, 2009, 4:48 p.m.

The Other Story – Luki

Luki -The Other Story is the first episode of an alternate storyline. At the end of episode 11 as the Sodality are about to leave Ceres three of their members accidentally discover an alternate means...

Science Fiction
Published: June 7, 2009, 7:43 p.m.

Echoes

After many nights exchanging stories Sareen tries to explain to Effie why the Sodality ended up exiled on Ceres. The answer is not something that Effie easily accepts and it changes her feelings toward Sareen...

Science Fiction
Published: May 26, 2009, 8:21 a.m.

The Four Keys – Pt.1

Maya, Adrian, and Tim arrive in a new world that Tim feels is vaguely familiar. Before they figure out where they are or how they got there, they are mistaken for fleeing labourers and chased...

Science Fiction
Published: April 26, 2009, 9:44 p.m.

Orph The Emerald Planet

Orph The Emerald Planet is the second installment in a series of bedtime classics adapted to the Makeshift Stories universe. Based on the 1907 story by Laura E Richards The House with the golden Windows...

Science Fiction
Published: March 25, 2009, 11:55 p.m.

GEAA

After being caught in the Europa Café Tim, Maya, and Adrian are flown to G.E.A.A. head office. They are told that those who see the mysterious leaders of G.E.A.A. are not allowed to leave. Facing...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 25, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

0ff Course

After escaping from Ceres Tim and Adrian arrive home to a foreign world where they never existed. Tim has trouble accepting the situation, but they start to learn how to survive there. When they set...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 23, 2009, 10:06 p.m.

Solstice

Adrian finds a way to travel to Ceres and bring Tim home, but Sareen discovers what Adrian is up to and convinces Effie and the Sodality to intervene. When Adrian is confronted by Sareen  he...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 6, 2008, noon

The Sodality

Margot’s unexpected return to Ceres creates an opportunity for Amos and Tim to make a highly risky escape. After regaining her memory Margot (A.K.A Sareen) intends to go after Tim so she can send him...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 10, 2008, 1:12 p.m.

All Hallows Eve

Sareen’s plans, made over several generations, come together on "All Hallows Eve" to bring the target of her 1000 year quest to her doorstep. Adrian who has been hiding for centuries fails to see the trap being laid and inadvertently allows himself to be discovered, but no one wins and the game of cat and mouse continues.

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 21, 2008, 2:28 a.m.

The Escape

As Tim, the newly arrived giant, repairs the damage he caused his captor, Amos starts to explain the history of the Triffals on Ceres, however, both are captured by Amos’ enemies. An unexpected event provides...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 26, 2008, 11:21 p.m.

The Arrival

Tim (a giant by local standards) finds himself on Ceres (a small and icy world) without any memory of how he got there and who he is. He has literally dropped into the middle of a conflict and is taken in by one side. Having inadvertently destroyed some of his hosts property Tim agrees to repair it in exchange of a place to sleep.

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 20, 2008, 9:40 p.m.

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